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In your opinion is it better to study away from home or closer to your family?

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Cameren’s Answer

The answer to this question is entirely specific on you and your relationship with your family. If you are really close to your parents or your siblings and think you may not be happy at a college that is so far away that you can't make trips home you may want to stick to somewhere closer to home. However, if you are asking this question just because you are a little nervous for the first time staying away from home I would suggest looking at universities that are a few hours away. This way you have an opportunity to explore your new freedom and become independent but are still able to travel home if you want.
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EJ’s Answer

I think it depends on who you are. I studied far away from home and it was tough for me and didn't do well. However, that experience taught me to be independent. I transferred to a different school which was much further than the first one and did much better. I would recommend to study far away. It's not easy but it'll help you to grow stronger and you'll learn how to be independent.
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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Daniella,

I went away for college from Ohio to Florida, so I think I have a great perspective for answering this question. There are a couple things I was able to figure out by going away for college. I feel I became a stronger individual, both in my beliefs and socially. Also, being away from home truly teaches you what life is like on your own. On the other hand being so far away from home is very difficult. It puts strain on relationships with your family and friends. You have no supports near you, and no real other people that can help you in a time of need. I have found that being a young adult is a lot easier when you are near family and loved ones compared to being far away.
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Dinah’s Answer

I think it depends on how well you can adapt with change. I am a first year pharmacy student and I moved from Illinois to Indiana for pharmacy school. I do okay with change, so with this change, it took me a few weeks to adapt living alone. My pharmacy school is only 2 hours away from Illinois, so I can drive back whenever I can. My family and I are super close and we talk constantly on the phone, so this helps me not get homesick. I was homesick for the first 3 weeks, but it slowly went away. Everything takes time, and made me so much more independent. So, think long and hard before moving across states.
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Shelby’s Answer

Like others are saying, it really does depend on each individual! However, if you are financially stable and are ready for a taste of independence, I would suggest trying to live away from home. Schools offer resources, such as food plans and transportation, that will help you if you are not ready for 100% independence. I found that going to live in a dorm has significantly increased the amount of time I have to study, take care of myself, and have a social life. I also live about an hour away from home, so I can easily go back and see my parents and pets, grab anything I missed/need, or just take a break from being independent. I hope you figure out what is best for you!
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Rheena’s Answer

Hello! I would say this depends on you and your work ethic. I think if you're someone who needs the support of your family and friends, staying home may be a better option because school can be stressful and sometimes we need a break and to spend time with those around us. If you feel like you get distracted easily, and may need space to focus, living away would be a better option. Sometimes you may need to leave home to really focus on your classes. Overall, I would say it all depends on you and the type of study habits you have
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Alex’s Answer

This question is going to depend on the person and is very different for everyone. Some enjoy having the support close by, and others like myself prefer to be further away so that they can focus and not use family time to take up study time.
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Anthony’s Answer

Hi Daniela,

Although I understand the benefits of studying close to your family, I believe it is most beneficial for someone to study away from home. This is most helpful when studying for single exams while living at home and considering going away to school.

I found many distractions while at home and always found it to be most efficient to study at my local library. However, when I graduated from pharmacy school and studied for my licensing exams, my local library was closed due to COVID. So instead, I had to study at home and found many distractions such as friends and family, house chores, TV, and bed. I was (and still am) king of procrastination. Often I found that I could go to the library to get a solid 3 hours of studying and work done in the amount of time that would take me all day to study at home.

If your question is about studying away at school, I also believe it is best to study away from home. My feelings on this pertain to mainly outside academic and traditional educational factors. Going away to school is often students' first encounter with life on their own. Not only does living in a situation where your peers have like-minded goals (finishing school) help with some of the distractions I mentioned above (to be clear, these peers can also be a distraction), I also believe you learn a tremendous amount about oneself when studying away from home. Especially if you are planning on attending higher education where you may have to go away to school, you may not want to be learning how to juggle laundry, house cleaning, and cooking dinner around classes for the first time in graduate school. In undergrad, I often regretted going away to school because I knew it was a lot more expensive. However, I now appreciate the opportunity because it prepared me to go away during pharmacy school, which I had to commute to my location.

The people you meet while away at school is another reason I believe this should be the choice among students. Meeting people, you did not grow up with from very different backgrounds will open your eyes to the differences among your community. I often say that attending pharmacy school was the best decision of my life as it opened my eyes to countless different people and cultures I otherwise would have never encountered.

I hope this helped your decision,
Anthony
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Steven’s Answer

This is never a "one size fits all" topic - you may want to read the thread and copy advice into "pros" and "cons", and then review them that way - if one column outweighs the other it helps to make an objective choice - which can be hard as emotions will always weigh into this decision as well.

In short my personal experience - I went to a college 90 miles away from my parents/hometown, and my two children did the same (they both moved back to the Detroit area after college.

I think "away from home" is almost always the way to go. Primarily for the experience and skills you can't gain otherwise. I think academically its a wash - you'll attain your degree either way. But living on your own "forces" you to grow and learn and experience new things that you won't otherwise experience. You will likely have more "alone" time than you would get at home and that's valuable to help you learn about who you are as an individual, apart from your role within your family.

This may be one of the few time in your life where the opportunity presents itself - go for it!
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Joshua’s Answer

Hi Daniela,

Cameren's points are definitely good ones but I want to provide a different perspective. I am an international student originally from the Middle East and am studying in the U.S. - so I am not at home very often. There are some challenges with not being able to visit family frequently but studying away from home somewhat forces you to be independent. This inability to be at home often has forced me to not only take on new challenges, such as pushing myself to go out to new events to meet new people, but has also given me the opportunity to focus on myself more. The latter point is something that I truly value as it allowed me to travel more to different parts of the country while also giving me the chance to explore careers that I wouldn't have had the chance to if I was closer to home.

Of course, this all depends on your family dynamic. My family is quite close but believes in developing time apart from one another however I know of many families that don't think this way, so it really does depend on your situation.

Hope this helped provide another perspective and let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Josh
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